Vitamin D and the Winter Months
Vitamin D is important for:
The main way of obtaining vitamin D is to produce it ourselves by exposing our skin to the sun. In the winter it’s hard to get enough direct sunlight to maintain our vitamin D levels. If our vitamin D levels are low we can be at risk to a wide variety of health issues, including:
You may be more at risk to low levels of vitamin D if you:
Signs you may have low vitamin D levels include:
When exposure to sunshine is limited, especially in the winter in the South Island, we may need to find other sources of vitamin D, eg food. Foods containing vitamin D include:
You may need a vitamin D supplement if you can’t get outside regularly and your levels are low. Discuss supplements with your Doctor, they are not recommended for everyone.
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If you want help to improve your dietary vitamin D intake our friendly Dietitian can help.
Just contact Therapy Professionals.
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